The High Mountain Blossom Honey is a greatly appreciated moultiflower honey.
After the first extract made on the plains of Piedmont, the bees are brought to the Alps’ height of over 1200m. At these heights, the bees can collect nectar and nutrients and salutarie of many mountain flowers. The hight Mountain blossom honey is … born.
This honey has inside different honey varieties “visited” by bees: rhododendron, campanula, sainfoin, clover, raspberry, thyme … It is beautiful and gentle, always different, from area to area and from year to year.
The color is golden yellow, very fine and flowery aroma, delicate flavor, usually in crystallized and the crystallization is quite grainy.
The taste is aromatic with a delicate tone.
The presence of predominantly rhododendron makes our honey fine and delicate both the nose and palate. To it are added to the alpine meadow flowers that give just the most important spices, or lime, with its characteristic notes of fresh thyme, or more decisively or raspberry aroma with a fruity connotation or sainfoin more delicately floral.
The high mountain honeys is wanderful for breakfast, spread on bread.
The typical production area of the Alps of Piedmont. He was a key crop for beekeeping until a few years ago in the summer when there were no current alternative crop in the plains, and when the “old” fantasized amazing collection in our mountains where the alpine meadows and pastures were certainly other extensions.
This honey is a Presidio of the Italian Slow Food.
Name of product: High Mountain Blossom honey
Net weight: 100 g
Ingredients: 100% Italian honey from Piemonte
… a little bit of history ..
To produce honey “Monoflorale” (one flower hoey) we adopt the practice of ‘”Nomad Beekeeping“.
First, it is good to know that the of bees does not fly more than 2 or 3 km radius around the hive.
The nomad beekeeping is a way to move the hives from place to place depending on the presence of plants in bloom. Moreover, these displacements enable the production of flower honeys allowing a better supply of the final product.
One time the hive were loaded onto special boats that went up the rivers towards the most favorable regions from honeydew. When you reached a certain waterline, the hives were full.
Today the movement of hives occur on the road: you load them in the night (when all the bees have returned) and unloaded at sunrise.
The movements are often functional changes in altitude, and the season progresses, beginning from the plains and valleys between April and early June, following the more blooms late July and August, ending with the harvest of honeydew, before return to winter in the plains.
This method, which turns out to have very high costs of management, is in ‘”chase” the various spring flowering and summer moving the combs with the families of bees. This allows us to choose the most healthy and unpolluted places with the greatest concentration of flowers.
… curiosity …
The most ancient depiction of honey collection it has been discovered in 1921 on the walls of the cave spider in Spain, dates back to the Neolithic period around 5000 BC.
A family of bees consists of one queen bee, many (from 6,000 to 70,000) workers (sterile females), from drones (males) and brood (larvae). A hive consists of a single colony or family.
The bees are on earth from 4 million years for the same current appearance.
Worker bees have an average life of 6 weeks in summer and are primarily responsible for supplying the hive with their favorite food, while those born in late summer or early autumn will live from 5 to 6 months will have a body more rich in fat acids. Their work is to protect the queen, to keep the swarm in glomere that will pass the winter at a temperature of about 30 ° C, and then, in February, prepare for the arrival of new generations.
In ancient Babylon, the just married couples received as a symbol of fertility, honey in a quantity sufficient for one month. (hence, perhaps, the honeymoon period).
To produce 1 kg of honey are needed more than 50,000 flights round trip from ‘hive to flowers, for a total of 150,000 km, flown to haul flowers that grow to a radius of 3 km from the hive.